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'The Real World' Will Return to MTV Next Year

Show's 29th season will be set in San Francisco

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August 16, 2013 3:45 PM ET

MTV's groundbreaking reality series The Real World will be returning for its 29th season in 2014.

The television show has faced massive ratings dips in recent years, while cast spin-offs like The Challenge have gained in popularity. Executive producer Jonathan Murray is hoping for a change of fortune with The Real World's upcoming season, which is set in San Francisco.

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"We're excited about returning to San Francisco, the location of one of our most memorable seasons of The Real World," Murray told the Hollywood Reporter. "The city has always been a great place for young people to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives."

The show's arguably most iconic season was its third, based in San Francisco in 1994. That season featured a particularly diverse cast, including the argumentative David "Puck" Rainey – whose notorious exploits made him the second cast member ever evicted from a Real World house – and Pedro Zamora, who brought attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis before passing away from the disease later that year.

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